PhD and Postdoctoral positions in seismology

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Study invites applications for one Ph.D. and two Postdoctoral positions in seismology. The positions are in the seismology group at DIAS that has a broad, active research programme in regional and global seismic imaging, waveform and array tomography and lithospheric dynamics. The positions are part of the large new project SEA-SEIS (www.sea-seis.ie) that has deployed broadband, ocean-bottom seismometers across a vast area in the North Atlantic Ocean, giving the successful candidates an opportunity to participate in the retrieval cruise.

The recent growth in the number of broadband seismic stations around the world makes it possible to image the Earth's interior in unprecedented detail. This presents opportunities for exciting new discoveries, offering solutions to long-standing problems of basic Earth science. In these PhD and Postdoctoral research projects, the lithosphere and underlying mantle will be imaged using very large surface- and S-wave datasets. The data will be related to Earth structure using seismic and computational-petrology inversions, targeting fundamental problems of plate tectonics and lithospheric dynamics.

The research projects are on waveform tomography and array tomography, at the North Atlantic and global scales. Advances in tomography methods will be implemented and applied. Scientific targets of the research include the structure and evolution of the lithosphere and underlying mantle, in the North Atlantic and globally, the origins of the enigmatic North Atlantic Igneous Province volcanism, the deep structure of the Iceland Hotspot and its effect on the evolution of the region.

Ph.D. Studentship

Duration: 4 years
Stipend: €18,500 per year, tax free.
Start date: 1 June, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter (flexible).

The new data created in this project, used together with all other available broadband data, will improve the resolution of tomographic imaging in the entire N Atlantic and globally. Relationship between seismic waveforms and temperature, density and composition of the rock at depth will be formulated and used in the inversions. The applications of the improved imaging methods will enhance our understanding of the structure and dynamics of the lithosphere and underlying mantle globally.

Students at DIAS receive broad training in geophysics through short courses, workshops, and attendance at international schools and major conferences. The group is international, with a lively, happy atmosphere. PhD students in the seismology group have been very successful in their research, publishing actively and winning international and national awards for their work.

Applicants should have excellent/very good grades, preferably an advanced degree (M.Sc. or equivalent), background in geophysics, physics or mathematics and strong computing skills, including programming. To apply, please e-mail a complete academic CV, a statement of research interests, English proficiency certification if applicable (DIAS requirements are the same as those at UCD: http://www.ucd.ie/international/study-at-ucd-global/ucdenglishlanguagerequirements/), academic transcripts, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie), with "seismology Ph.D. position" in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project or on studying at DIAS please contact Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie).

Post-Doctoral position 1

Position: Experienced Post-Doctoral Researcher in Seismology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Duration: 1.25 years
Salary: €44,266 in the first year, with an annual increment after that

Start date: 1 July, 2019.

Imaging the lithosphere and underlying mantle at global and regional scales using massive phase-velocity datasets.

Qualifications: a PhD in geophysics or a related field is required. Substantial computing and programming experience and a good command of English are essential. Post-PhD research experience of at least 2 years and a strong publication record are required. Experience in surface-wave tomography, body-wave tomography and numerical petrological modelling is desirable.

To apply: e-mail a complete academic CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie), with "Postdoctoral position 1" in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project, contact Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie).

Post-Doctoral position 2

Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Seismology, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
Duration: 3 years
Salary: €37,874 - €45,041 in the first year, depending on experience and qualifications, with annual increments thereafter
Start date: 1 November, 2019.

Surface-wave array tomography of the Irish offshore and the North Atlantic region.

Qualifications: a PhD in geophysics or related field is required. Substantial computing and programming experience and a good command of English are essential. Experience in surface-wave imaging of the lithosphere and a proven publication record are required. Experience in petrological numerical modelling and in Earth science communication and outreach is desirable.

To apply: e-mail a complete academic CV, including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and the names and contact details of 3 academic referees to Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie), with "Postdoctoral position 2" in the subject line. Consideration of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For additional information on the project, contact Dr. Sergei Lebedev (sergei@cp.dias.ie).

DIAS is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 15 April 2019    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.